A rally outside the United Nations, a national Super Sunday fundraising drive for Israel, a Solidarity Shabbat and missions to Israel are among the events planned for next month to generate support for the Jewish state as it recovers from the war in Lebanon.
Israeli Jews escaped the barrage of Katyusha rockets by huddling in bomb shelters often equipped with cable TV. Israeli Arabs just a few miles away had no shelters, no hospitals and often had difficulty getting food.
Israeli Jews cheered on the Israel Defense Forces, hoping they would inflict a decisive blow against Hezbollah terrorists. Israeli Arabs prayed for the war to stop so that it would end the suffering among the civilians of Israel and Lebanon.
The sudden illness of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a political giant whose acumen in recent years has eclipsed all other leaders, has given Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party a chance to emerge from the shadows.
"It resurrects Likud," said Dr. Joseph Frager, an activist and Likud supporter. "It's clearly going to strengthen Likud."
Frager and others interviewed here stressed that they wish Sharon a speedy recovery and never wanted for Likud to become a contender in the March 28 election this way.
For Sean McManus, the Munich Massacre in 1972, strikingly re-created by Steven Spielberg in his new film, is such a vivid memory that it seems like it happened only last month.
"I was there with my family ... to enjoy the Olympics," recalled McManus, 50, who in November was named president of both CBS News and CBS Sports.
His father is ABC sportscaster Jim McKay, who was assigned to cover several events at the Munich Games.
Among his friends, David Stone said he is "viewed as a crazy left-winger" for his opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he confessed to walking out of a meeting Monday with the new PLO representative to the U.S. "disheartened" by what he heard.
"I have to tell you that a guy trying to reach out to people on a day like that might have begun by expressing some sympathy," he said, referring to the Palestinian suicide bombing in Netanya that killed five Israelis. "But I found him very unsympathetic."
There has been a mixed response to the decision of the 92nd Street Y to begin opening on the Sabbath this month after more than a century of being closed on Saturday.
"The people of my congregation were dismayed that the Y should change its policy after so many years," said Rabbi Michael Shmidman, spiritual leader of Congregation Orach Chaim, an Orthodox congregation at 1459 Lexington Ave., just down the street from the Y. "I also am disappointed."
Even as senior Israeli terrorism experts spent two days on Long Island this week briefing law enforcement authorities from New York and three other East Coast states about terrorist tactics and how best to detect and prevent attacks, one expert stressed that the United States is not as susceptible to attack as is Israel.
Dr. Kasriel Eilender of Manhattan was too busy with his medical practice after the war to even consider writing a memoir about his survival in four Nazi concentration camps.
But in 2003 — 16 years after he retired — Eilender, now 85, recalled those experiences in 76 typed pages.
“I didn’t have the money to publish it [myself], so I made 150 copies and gave them to friends and colleagues and one to the Holocaust museum in Washington,” he said.
UJA-Federation of New York has allocated $850,000 to organizations assisting Hurricane Katrina evacuees in four states (the first distribution from the more than $4.1 million in hurricane relief it raised in the past two months) the philanthropy announced Tuesday.
Now UJA-Federation is considering expanding its assistance to Florida, which was battered last week by Hurricane Wilma. The storm was responsible for at least five deaths, knocked out power to 6 million people and caused damages of up to $10 billion.
Faced with an operating deficit of $3 million to $4 million in the United States, State of Israel Bonds unexpectedly slashed its workforce Monday by 20 percent and closed its Long Island office along with two others, the largest cutback in its history.
Although the organization said sales would not be hurt, a source familiar with the Long Island operation insisted it would have a "major impact."